Taylor Swift sets new American Music Award record, urges people to vote

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The speech was welcomed by loud applause while host for the evening, American comedian Tracee Ellis Ross, wore a T-shirt bearing the slogan "I am a voter".

The performance climaxed with the witch-burning finale, as Swift riled up the crowd with her "light me up" chant. Taylor was nominated for her first AMA for Favorite Female Country Artist in 2007, but she didn't take home a win until 2008, when she won in that same category.

The popstar - who on Sunday broke her long-held silence over political matters to announce she is voting for the Democrats - scooped tour, album, female and artist of the year.

XXXTentacion's mother, Cleopatra, accepted the prize on stage, she said: "I am honoured".

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Swift won three awards at the AMAs, but she saved politics for her last acceptance speech of the night. And later, Billy Eichner implored young people who believe in "equality for women, for people of color, for the LGBTQ community" and who "believe climate change is real" to vote in "the biggest election of our lifetime", while he and Kathryn Hahn presented an award. As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I can not support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. In the past I've been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent'.

Taylor Swift is breaking records. He won best new artist at the BET Hip-Hop Awards this month.

Elsewhere, Swift was not the only major celebrity to perform, with both Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez taking to the stage. A special tribute to Aretha Franklin is included, as is some early promotion for the upcoming Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

Ciara put in an energetic performance at the American Music Awards.

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